Broken leg for Nick Scholfield | Racing News

first_imgNick Scholfield is hoping he may yet be able to return in time for the busy Christmas schedule after breaking his leg in a freak incident at Fontwell.The multiple Grade One-winning jockey suffered the injury on Friday when he was cannoned into by a loose horse as he crossed the finishing line in fourth on Shintori in the Star Sports Owner’s Club £20K Guarantee Handicap Chase.- Advertisement – He was due to ride Champagne Court in the feature Badger Beers Silver Trophy Handicap Chase at Wincanton on Saturday – but will be out of action for several weeks at least.“I’ve fractured my tibia,” said Scholfield.“I hope I can get back as quickly as possible – if I could do it in six weeks, that would be what I’m hoping.”- Advertisement – Go Steady had unseated his jockey Bridget Andrews at the third-last, but then ran loose before careering into Scholfield.He admits his frustration at the injury, just as the new National Hunt season begins to step up a gear, but acknowledges many others are encountering far more trying times during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.“In these times, this is not so bad,” he added.- Advertisement – “It was unusual circumstances – something you don’t expect – so it’s frustrating from that aspect.“I’d crossed the line and finished the race on Shintori.“I was just pulling up, and a horse that had fallen was galloping (loose) and it has just ‘T-boned’ my horse, and my leg was stuck in the middle, and it caused me to fall off.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Travel companies see it as ‘welcomed step’

first_imgThroughout the coronavirus pandemic, travel executives have been pinning their hopes on a Covid-19 vaccine saving their industry, which has suffered from the fallout of the health crisis.Following news Monday of Pfizer‘s vaccine data showing more than 90% efficacy among participants without evidence of prior infection, CEOs from major cruise lines and hospitality operators cheered the breakthrough.“TripAdvisor has long believed travel will recover with vigor as soon as a vaccine was widely available. Today’s Pfizer news is a welcomed step in the right direction,” Steve Kaufer, CEO of TripAdvisor, told CNBC over email.- Advertisement – Florida, Port of Miami, Row of cruise ships docked, non-essential business due to Coronavirus.Jeff Greenberg | Universal Images Group | Getty Images – Advertisement – “This is a very positive development for the world, and, of course, our company and our brands, as well as the cruise industry. It is too early at this point to determine the impact this may have on the conditional sail order in the U.S., if any,” Carnival wrote in an email to CNBC.Carnival shares soared about 36% on Monday, on pace for its best day ever as a public company. It went public in 1987.Richard Fain, CEO of Royal Caribbean, has often called a vaccine the “ultimate weapon” to tackling Covid-19. Royal Caribbean rocketed up about 28%, on track for its best day since March.In the meantime, the cruise operators are working around the clock, setting up testing facilities for all crew and conducting simulated voyages with their new COVID protocols. Once deemed successful, CDC will provide the green light. Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line have suspended U.S. sailing for the remainder of 2020.Norwegian Cruise Line reports quarterly earnings after the bell on Monday, where shareholders will want to know whether a January 2021 start-date is feasible.Analysts also are wondering whether a new administration under the leadership of President-elect Joe Biden will result in different protocols for the cruise industry. The industry has received support from Vice President Mike Pence, who reportedly overruled the CDC’s decision to extend its cruise ban until February 2021. CDC lifted its no-sail order at the end of October and issued a framework for a Conditional Sailing Order.Truist Securities Managing Director Patrick Scholes believes a Biden administration “will be more likely to follow the recommendations of the CDC when it comes to health matters.” Hotel operators also joined in on the market rally Monday, with Marriott on pace for its best day since March.Online travel giant Expedia is up 20%, on pace for its largest percentage increase since 2012.Investors are hopeful that access to a vaccine will lift confidence in travelers and result in a spike in bookings next year. Prior the Pfizer vaccine news, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson on the company’s earnings call last Friday said, “We’ll start to see meaningfully more bookings when those vaccines start to take effect.”center_img – Advertisement – Shares of TripAdvisor jumped 20%.Travel executives are hopeful that an effective vaccine will speed up the timeline around when travelers will feel comfortable getting back out and about again.While questions remain around the supply and distribution of a vaccine, the data from Pfizer was enough to fuel travel-related stocks to the top of the S&P 500.- Advertisement –last_img read more

The Masters: Bryson DeChambeau tested for Covid-19 as illness hampers Augusta challenge | Golf News

first_img The Masters Verdict November 14, 2020, 10:00pmLive on Asked how he was feeling, the pre-tournament favourite said: “Not good, to say the least. I was feeling something a little weird two nights ago, and I came out yesterday and was fine for the most part. But as I kept going through the round, I started getting a little dizzy. I don’t know what was going on, a little something weird.“So I got checked for COVID last night, and I was fine, nothing. But I had to do the right thing and make sure there was nothing more serious than that. I don’t know what it is or what happened, but these past couple days, I’ve felt really, really odd and just not a hundred per cent. DeChambeau has been struggling with bouts of dizziness – Advertisement – As it transpired, the cut stayed at level par as 60 players qualified for the third round, with DeChambeau’s playing-partner Jon Rahm part of a five-way tie for the lead on nine under alongside Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas – the first time in major history that the world’s top three ranked players shared the lead after any round.DeChambeau then admitted to reporters that he had been battling bouts of dizziness since first complaining of feeling unwell on Thursday evening, prompting him to be tested for Covid-19 along with his backroom team. All tested negative. “I came out yesterday and was fine for the most part. But as I kept going through the round, I started getting a little dizzy. So I got checked for COVID last night, and I was fine, nothing” By Keith JacksonLast Updated: 14/11/20 4:18pm Bryson DeChambeau was tested for coronavirus on Friday evening
Bryson DeChambeau was tested for coronavirus on Friday evening

Biden was asked about canceling student loan debt. Progressives saw an opening.

first_imgBut in his answer, Mr. Biden did not explicitly say whether he supported canceling all student-loan debt. Nor did he say if he would cancel student-loan debt through executive action — animating progressives, who have been seeking to push him further left on the issue for months.- Advertisement – And Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic minority leader, said in a recent interview that he and Ms. Warren had a proposal to eliminate the first $50,000 of student-loan debt, and that he believed Mr. Biden could do so through executive action in the first 100 days of his presidency.- Advertisement – The question that the reporter asked Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Monday was simple enough: Did canceling student-loan debt figure into his plans for the economy and would he take executive action to do so?His response came during a question-and-answer session after Mr. Biden had delivered his first speech on the economy as president-elect.- Advertisement – Social media soon lit up with calls on the left for Mr. Biden to cancel all student debt, a signature policy issue championed by progressive leaders including Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Already, the idea of canceling student-loan debt has been gaining some traction in the party. Mr. Biden himself has proposed a loan forgiveness program for workers in public service: For each year of service, for up to five years, workers would be eligible to have $10,000 of their undergraduate or graduate debt eliminated.center_img “It does figure in my plan,” Mr. Biden replied, before referencing legislation proposed by House Democrats that called for immediate forgiveness of $10,000 in student-loan debt as part of a pandemic-relief bill. “It’s holding people up,” he said about student debt. “They’re in real trouble. They’re having to make choices between paying their student loans and paying their rent, those kinds of decisions. It should be done immediately.”He then offered an overview of plans he introduced during his campaign, including ensuring that anyone whose families made less than $125,000 would have access to free education. – Advertisement – “We believe that Joe Biden can do that with the pen as opposed to legislation,” Mr. Schumer said.last_img read more

Jade Roper, Tanner Tolbert Reveal Baby No. 3’s Name

first_imgThe couple tied the knot in January 2016. They are also parents of daughter Emerson, 3, and son Brooks, 15 months. The twosome announced in May that they were expecting their third child.Roper gave fans a hint of what she planned to name their newest addition in August. “I am putting up the name bracket right now,” she said on her Instagram Story. “Tanner and I have had some last-minute disagreements so we were trying to make sure all the names that we both wanted — a couple that I like that he doesn’t like, a couple that he likes that I don’t like — are on.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Roper, 33, delivered her son at home on Saturday, November 14. “5:33 AM,” Tolbert, also 33, shared via his Instagram Story at the time. “Mama and Baby Boy doing great!”The Bachelor alum then confirmed the arrival by posting the first photo of their newborn. “He’s here and he’s perfect,” she captioned the Instagram shot of herself cradling the baby.Roper later shared a photo of herself and Tolbert staring lovingly at their son after what appeared to be a water birth. “Can’t wait to share all the magic with you and share our birth story!! Right now we are soaking in all these beautiful, new moments,” she wrote via Instagram on Saturday. “Thank you for all the love and support and for holding space for our little family in your hearts. I’m one grateful mama.”Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert Reveal Baby No. 3’s NameJade Roper and Tanner Tolbert. Courtesy of Jade Roper/Instagram- Advertisement – Call him Reed! Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert announced their third child’s name on Monday, November 16, after she gave birth to the baby boy.“Say hello to Reed Harrison Tolbert! 8lbs 4oz 20.5,” Roper captioned an Instagram photo that showed her baby boy sleeping on a personalized baby blanket from Highway 3 printed with his name. “We welcomed him earth side to our family on November 14, 2020 at 5:33am at home. Born with a head full of dark hair and blue eyes.”- Advertisement – She continued: “I’m going to show you a sweet 16, and we’re going to go down probably every couple days because it’s 12 weeks until I’m 40 weeks … and I want to make sure the bracket is completed before the baby gets here.”Roper noted that some of the monikers were “repeated” from when they selected Brooks’ name, but she “also included some new names we love for baby boy.” A few names on her list were familiar to Bachelor fans, such as Dean and Roper — the reality star’s maiden name.Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestantslast_img read more

Genes for anthrax toxin found in another microbe

first_imgEditor’s Note: The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), where the research described was accomplished, was inadvertently omitted from the list of author affiliations in the 4th paragraph below; the article was updated Jul 1, 2004, to include this information. Jun 29, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers recently discovered a strain of the common soil bacteria Bacillus cereus that was genetically equipped to make the deadly toxin produced by the closely related microbe Bacillus anthracis, or anthrax.The finding increases the complexity of diagnosing severe respiratory illnesses resembling inhalational anthrax, which killed five people following the anthrax mailings in the fall of 2001, says the report in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.B cereus is widespread and can cause food poisoning and a variety of other illnesses, especially in people with existing health problems or weakened immunity. B anthracis is far less common but can be fatal to anyone who inhales it and is not treated early with antibiotics.Alex R. Hoffmaster of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the research with colleagues from The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), the CDC, other US agencies, and two British universities. They retrospectively analyzed various Bacillus organisms isolated from patients who had had unusually severe disease.One of these microbes, labeled G9241, came from a patient who had life-threatening pneumonia like that experienced by the 10 people who contracted inhalational anthrax in 2001. The patient, who previously had had no major health problems, was on a ventilator for 44 days and was treated with five antibiotics before he recovered, according to the report. The patient’s history, clinical features, and laboratory findings were similar to those of the anthrax patients in 2001, the report says.Several traditional analytical techniques indicated that G9241 was a strain of B cereus, though closely related to B anthracis, the report says. But to examine the organism more closely, the investigators used a rapid sequencing technique to generate a “draft” of the microbe’s complete genome. The draft genome analysis confirmed that G9241 was a strain of B cereus. But it also showed that G9241 contained a plasmid (a ring of DNA separate from the chromosome) that was 99.6% identical to a plasmid (called pXO1) in B anthracis that contains the genes for anthrax toxin.The investigators also tested the virulence of B cereus G9241 in mice. They injected mice with either G9241, B anthracis, or a nonpathogenic strain of B cereus. All the mice exposed to G9241 and B anthracis died, while those exposed to the nonpathogenic strain survived.The discovery of a non-anthrax Bacillus species that contains anthrax toxin genes and can cause an infection resembling inhalational anthrax “adds substantially to the complexity of clinical and laboratory diagnosis in general and particularly during a potential bioterrorism event,” the article states.Because the tests most commonly used to identify B anthracis focus on the organism’s two plasmids, the presence of anthrax-like plasmids in B cereus could result in false-positive tests and needless alarm, the authors say. On the other hand, it may be a mistake to regard B anthracis as the only species that can cause diseases like inhalation anthrax. The investigators suggest that it may be necessary to develop a more sophisticated system to look for anthrax virulence plasmids in Bacillus species other than B anthracis.The authors note that the patient who was infected with G9241 may not have been the first in the United States to have suffered from a B cereus strain with anthrax-like toxicity. They cite unpublished reports of two recent cases of fatal respiratory illness that were attributed to B cereus strains that may have had genes for the anthrax toxin. The CDC is planning surveillance for severe pneumonia cases associated with B cereus, the report says.Hoffmaster AR, Ravel J, Rasko DA, et al. Identification of anthrax toxin genes in a Bacillus cereus associated with an illness resembling inhalation anthrax. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2004;22(101):8449-54 [Abstract]last_img read more

2007 SUMMIT COVERAGE: CDC chief calls pandemic preparedness a marathon

first_img The 24-hour live exercise—not a tabletop simulation—involved about 1,000 people, with 150 people staffing the CDC operations center. The drill required officials to make decisions about whether to declare a public health emergency, how to explain the difference between an emergency and a pandemic, and whether to change the handling of sick airline passengers—which would have immense effects on the travel industry. “As we struggled with the decisions we had to make, there was not a bone of complacency in anyone’s body,” she said. “We learned why it was so important, why it was hard. . . . It really made the situation real.” The exercise was opened to the news media, in part so that reporters would understand the seriousness of the risk and not become complacent themselves, she added. Feb 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Orlando, FL – Julie Gerberding, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today challenged health and business leaders to stay focused on the “marathon” of preparing for an influenza pandemic. The agency is planning to follow up with another exercise involving both federal agencies and state and local public health, she said. Further, “In May we’ll exercise an even broader group of people in Atlanta, on the premise that the pandemic has arrived in Atlanta and CDC is functioning with a 40% loss of its work force.” To stay on task, leaders need to overcome complacency—their own, if not the public’s. “What we have to do here is accept human nature and reality,” she said. “We’re not going to be able to keep this issue in the news indefinitely, or on everyone’s plate. But . . . it’s our responsibility to keep this issue moving forward so that when people back away from it, we don’t.” For a year or so after the anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001, the hot topic was “anthrax, anthrax, anthrax, anthrax” and terrorism preparedness, she said. “And finally someone said, ‘Let’s change the subject,’ and what did we talk about next? Well, smallpox, smallpox, smallpox, smallpox. We moved from one topic to another without recognizing that we needed an ‘and’ in that sentence.” In discussing the difficulty of maintaining focus on a health threat, Gerberding also recalled other threats that have seized the attention of the CDC and the public in recent years. Flu, in contrast, has a very short incubation period and a high attack rate, and people can transmit the disease before they feel sick, she said. “Think about the reality of trying to quench an influenza outbreak given those numbers and the connectivity of the world. It’s a very, very daunting challenge.” The disease spread internationally after several people became infected while staying on the same floor of a Hong Kong hotel as an infected man from China. Despite the dramatic way it crossed the world, scientists learned that SARS “is really not very transmissible,” Gerberding said. The incubation period and the generation time between cases are long, and the attack rate (how many exposed people become infected) is very low. “We thought it was a tremendously successful exercise,” noted Gerberding. To suggest why the pandemic threat represented by the H5N1 avian influenza virus is taken so seriously, Gerberding recalled how SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) put the world on edge in 2003. Preparedness requires careful planning—distasteful as it may be—followed by exercises to test the plans, Gerberding went on to say. Last week the CDC conducted a major exercise that was very instructive, she said. The question for planners, she said, is “How do we run this marathon when we’re living in a society that only wants to sprint?” Gerberding spoke at “Business Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza: Second Annual Summit,” sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News. The meeting drew leaders from about 200 companies to Orlando, FL. Gerberding, speaking at a conference on business preparedness, said it’s not possible to maintain high public interest in the pandemic threat indefinitely, but leaders must keep preparing anyway. Gerberding said the CDC has come up with a list of 1,600 tasks under the heading of pandemic preparedness. The recent publication of guidance on community mitigation (nonpharmaceutical) measures was just one of those.last_img read more

Health officials probe more botulism cases

first_imgAug 2, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of a link between four botulism cases and contaminated chili sauce 2 weeks ago, state health departments have confirmed one additional botulism case and reported at least three more suspected cases.The initial recall, issued Jul 19, involved canned hot-dog chili sauce made at a Castleberry Foods production facility in Augusta, Ga. A few days later the recall was expanded to more than 80 of the company’s products, which included chili, hash, barbecue meat products, and a few pet food products.The four previous patients included two Texas children and an Indiana couple. In a Jul 30 early-release article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the children, who are siblings, were hospitalized on Jun 29 and received botulinum antitoxin on Jul 7. Initial stool cultures did not reveal the pathogen, and stool and serum cultures taken 9 days after symptom onset were negative for botulinum toxin. Both are still hospitalized, andone is still on mechanical ventilation.The Indiana couple became ill Jul 7 and were hospitalized 2 days later, the MMWR report said. In view of their shared symptoms, they received botulinum antitoxin on Jul 11.The man’s serum sample tested positive for botulinum toxin type A. The woman’s serum sample was also positive, but the scant volume didn’t allow the laboratory to determine the toxin type. Samples from leftover chili sauce also tested positive for botulinum toxin type A. The patients remained hospitalized and on mechanical ventilation.Botulinum toxin is a nerve poison produced by Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium commonly found in soil. Botulism symptoms include double or blurred vision, droopy eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness, according to the CDC. If untreated, the illness can progress to paralysis of the limbs, trunk, and breathing muscles.Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), said tests confirmed that a 51-year-old San Diego woman has botulism poisoning, according to a Jul 27 CDPH press release. State health authorities were investigating whether her illness was linked to the contaminated products. The woman reported buying and eating one of the recalled products, Kroger Chili with Beans, in early July, the CDPH said. However, she threw the product away before it could be tested.She had been hospitalized but was recovering at home, the CDPH reported.On Jul 27 the Hawaii Department of Health (HDH) said it was investigating a possible case of botulism poisoning on Maui, according a press release. The department said the patient met some of the clinical criteria for botulism and was being treated pending laboratory confirmation.”The DOH has consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and although the case has not been confirmed as botulism poisoning, we are taking every precaution,” said HDH Director Chiyome Fukino, MD.In addition, Indiana television station WISH reported Jul 31 that a Logansport resident was hospitalized with suspected botulism poisoning. Doctors at Logansport Memorial Hospital had noticed the patient had some botulism symptoms, though it was not clear if the patient had consumed any of the recalled products.The TV station reported that the CDC provided botulism antitoxin for the patient and that Indiana state police delivered it to the hospital.Elsewhere, state officials in New Mexico said yesterday that a 52-year-old man from Sandoval County was paralyzed with botulism poisoning, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Officials were trying to determine if he ate food included in the national recall, the report said.Deboarah Busemeyer, a spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Health, told the AP that the man was hospitalized on Jul 26, was in serious condition, and could only wiggle his toes. She said preliminary tests, reported by the CDC, pointed to botulism, the AP reported.In other developments, a Wisconsin company yesterday recalled cans of its French-style green beans after routine monitoring revealed a possible production problem. Lakeside Foods, based in Manitowoc, said in a press release that no illnesses had been reported and that no botulism toxin had been found in any of the product tests, which were ongoing.The recall involves 14.5-ounce cans of the green beans, which are sold under about 17 different store brands in 20 states and Canada.See also:Jul 30 MMWR article on botulism casesJul 27 Hawaii Department of Health press releaseJul 31 New Mexico Department of Health press release read more

Many nursing homes lack pandemic plan

first_imgJul 25, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A recent survey of nursing homes in two states found that fewer than half had a plan for coping with pandemic influenza, according to a report in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.Although nursing homes house vulnerable people and may be called on to take overflow patients from hospitals in a pandemic, the survey of 451 nursing homes in Nebraska and Michigan revealed that only 23% had a specific pandemic plan.Another 26% had included pandemic response in their general disaster response plan, while 52% had no pandemic plan, says the report by Philip W. Smith, MD, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, and colleagues from Nebraska and Michigan.On the other hand, most of the facilities had designated a staff member to oversee pandemic planning, and about half had stockpiled some supplies in preparation for a pandemic.A pandemic planning checklist from the Department of Health Human Services (HHS) advises nursing homes to anticipate requests to accept patients from hospitals that need to make room for seriously ill flu patients. HHS suggests that nursing homes negotiate agreements with hospitals, identify space for extra beds, and notify local and regional planning contacts.”If nursing homes are called upon to serve as alternative care centers for patients who can’t be treated in overcrowded hospitals, the impact on the nursing homes could be vast,” said Smith in a University of Nebraska news release. “While most facilities felt that nursing homes were being counted on to take hospital overflow patients in a pandemic, in reality few homes would be able to do so.”The researchers mailed a questionnaire about pandemic planning to all 656 registered nursing homes in Michigan and Nebraska. Overall, 69% (451) of the facilities responded, including74% (171 of 231) in Nebraska and 66% (280 of 425) in Michigan.Besides the findings mentioned above, the survey showed that:77% of the facilities had named someone to take charge of pandemic planning, most often an infection control professional (45%) or administrator (21%)62% had referred to the HHS pandemic planning checklist for nursing homes50% had stockpiled some supplies, including gloves (38%), alcohol rub (35%), food (18%), and N-95 respirators (11%)46% had given staff members some basic education on pandemics84% had access to laboratory facilities for influenza detection58% had plans to “prioritize staff and residents for vaccine and antiviral distribution”53% had plans to brief family members, visitors, and vendors on pandemic issues6% had conducted a pandemic outbreak exerciseForty-five percent of the nursing homes said they had established communication lines with nearby hospitals, and 53% said they had done the same with state and local public health agencies.More than half of the facilities (57%) said they thought nursing homes would be called on to take extra patients because of full hospitals. In further findings on that subject:37% of the facilities said they could make some beds available38% said they would accept hospital overflow flu patients needing a low level of care58% would accept non-flu patients needing low-level careOnly 4%would accept patients on ventilatorsHHS’s pandemic vaccine allocation guidance, released this week, puts nursing-home healthcare workers in the first tier (priority group) for vaccination. The plan estimates their number at 1.6 million. Other healthcare groups in the first tier are public health workers (300,000), inpatient providers (3.2 million), and outpatient and home healthcare providers (2.5 million).Smith PW, Shostrom V, Smith A, et al. Preparedness for pandemic influenza in nursing homes: a 2-state survey. (Letter) JAMA 2008 Jul 23/30;300(4):392-4 [Extract]See also: Jul 22 University of Nebraska Medical Center news release pandemic planning checklist for long-term care and other residential facilities read more